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An Aerial Photography Adventure by Ricardo Seah

An Aerial Photography Experience Over Vancouver

Shot above downtown Vancouver from a Harbour Air Seaplane 

Shot above downtown Vancouver from a Harbour Air Seaplane 

Back story 

A couple of Fridays ago I attended the Vancouver Tourism Awards Gala at Canada Place at 6.45am (yes that's right in the morning!!! Who holds a gala that early!?!?! Ok ok calm down Ricardo, I'm sure they have their reasons..). Anyways the Gala ended at about 9am and so I decided I'd walk around the waterfront area to soak in the views of the snowcapped mountains as it had snowed the night before.

View of North Vancouver

I mean look at that view! It was gorgeous!! So I continued to walk around the convention centre and of course I'm greeted by the seaplanes by the waterfront as they took off and landed. It was not raining (a mega plus for this time of year in Vancouver) and the thought of capturing the snowcapped mountains and the city from one of those seaplanes raced through my brains.

Vancouver seaplane harbour air

It was so so tempting.. But of course I had to act rationally and so I put up a poll on my Instagram story asking if you guys thought I should go or not. I waited awhile at the lounge of the Seaplane airport and let the results come in.. needless to say, I let the results (96% said "Yes, do it!") guide my decision. 

Ready for an adventure
harbour air

I ran up to the counter to get myself on the next scenic flight tour around Vancouver, and in 15 minutes I was boarding my first ever seaplane flight. Woohoo!!! I was so excited! 

Thankfully it wasn't a full flight and I rushed to the front to be the third person to board, and was able to pick out a good seat at the back with an unobstructed view (window seat goodness).

Sat through a little flight safety video and a welcome by the friendly captain and off we went taxiing the runway (or water-way.. not sure what it's called) and up into the air with a fanatic view of North Vancouver from my side.

We went up north and checked out the mountains that had been covered in snow from the night before which was just breathtaking.

From there we circled around and made our way to Vancouver and got a good view of Kits Beach and downtown Vancouver before going over Stanley park and landing back at the waterfront.

It was definitely a great experience and I highly recommend it! The views are just amazing and the pilot really knew where to take us for good shots. Also, it will be one of the softest airplane landings you'll experience.

Check out the HarbourAir website if you're interested. I did the extended panorama tour and it was definitely worth it. They apparently also do flights to Bowen Island, Whistler and Victoria. Definitely not paid by them to say this (but of course if you work for Harbour Air please consider hiring me for a shoot). It's fantastic way to see Vancouver!


A mix of some of the shots I took with my phone and cameras 


Aerial Photography Tips:

  • Have the right lens attached to the body of your camera before the flight.

    • Trust me, you DO NOT want to be changing lenses while flying. It can get quite bumpy, space is confined, you're gear might roll all over the cabin and you are going to miss shots.
    • What I did was shoot with my phone and two camera bodies with two different lenses on each so that I was able to get a range of shots. Now of course not everyone will have two camera bodies in which case having one camera body with a zoom and your camera phone with you to capture wide shots will suffice. 
  • Sit either right at the back or right at the front of the aircraft. 

    • Unless you want to get the wing in all your shots (not necessarily a bad thing but just my preference)
  • Don't attempt to manual focus, just let the camera work its auto-focus magic.

    • Do yourself a favour and just let the camera handle the focusing. As long as the window is clear and clean there shouldn't be a problem.
  • Use a fast shutter speed. 
    • The plane is going to be moving fast and its going to be a little bumpy. I found myself fighting hard to stabilise my camera for shots while trying to fight the G-forces as the pilot pulled and rolled to steady the aircraft.
  • Shoot on continuous high setting or the highest continuous shooting mode your camera will allow.

    • This will maximise the chance of getting that awesome shot.
  • Make sure you have your gear strapped to you. 

    • The last thing you want is to lose grip of your camera or your phone mid-flight and have it roll around the cabin. 

  • DO NOT just look through your camera viewfinder the entire flight.

    • Trust me I got super nauseous looking through 3 different cameras constantly throughout the flight. And this is coming from someone who usually doesn't get nauseous on flights (I've been on everything from small planes, to commercial and military aircraft) but it's something about constantly looking through different zooms that messes with your orientation. 

    • I recommend taking breaks in-between shooting to live in the moment and enjoy the experience. 

As always thank you for coming on this journey with me! I hope you enjoyed this little adventure in the air and that it inspires you to get out there and capture some awesome shots!

Till next time, stay tuned on my instagram for the latest shots and and news on my insta stories. 

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Of course, if you liked this or have any questions please leave me a like and or a comment below :) Take care, keep warm, keep exploring, and get those amazing shots!

A Spontaneous Adventure to the Rockies by Ricardo Seah

Spontaneous Overnight Photo-trip to Banff

First stop on the photography checklist. Photographing Moraine Lake as the sun is setting.

First stop on the photography checklist. Photographing Moraine Lake as the sun is setting.

From deserts and canyons of Arizona to the cool and lush Canadian Rocky Mountains. Hereโ€™s a little summary of my latest spontaneous adventure to Banff National Park in the Canadian Rockies. 


Q&A Time

But Ricardo havenโ€™t you been to the Rockies before?

Yes! And the thing is I can never get enough of it! Itโ€™s just such a beautiful and picturesque place. Literally everywhere you turn is a photo opportunity and its a place you can keep returning to because the seasons change and theres always a new location to shoot.

How long was this adventure? 

It was literally a 2 Days 1 Night spontaneous adventure

So where in the Rockies did you go to this time?

 

This time I visited Banff and due to the time constrain only managed to photograph a few locations. The primary objective of this trip was to photograph Moraine Lake at sunset and sunrise the following day. 

The secondary objective was to photograph other lakes within Banff such as Peyto Lake and  the famous Lake Louise. 


Here are some of my shots from Moraine Lake, Peyto Lake and Lake Louise

My tips for photographing the Rockies during this time of year:

  • Have a tripod.

    • I cannot stress this point enough. Especially if you want the best sunset-landscape or astrophotography shots, you are going to need a proper tripod. Do yourself a favour and invest in a good one, not that cheap plastic/tacky ones. The last thing you want is for your tripod to fail on you and have a tripod leg break during your trip (just ask my buddy @guangyow whose old tripod broke while doing astrophotography).  

  • Bring gloves and dress appropriately.

    • Although I brought the right attire and shoes, Iโ€™ll admit, I totally forgot to bring gloves. And because of this my hands were absolutely freezing especially since my tripod was made of metal. But its a good lesson to learn from and the pain was worth enduring for the pictures.

  • Get to desired shooting locations before the crowd.

    • If you know you want to capture a specific event such as sunrise then you should be aware that you aren't the only one who has that in mind. Get to the location before the crowd does because the last thing you want is a bunch of tourists with selfie sticks in your frame. 

    • Arrive an hour beforehand if possible, this will allow for time to find parking and will allow you time to find the right spot. This will also hopefully help you avoid those big bus loads of tourists. As I left Moraine Lake after getting my sunrise shots there were at least 6 buses that were going in while I was going out (that would have been at least 200 people to deal with).

  • Include buffer time.

    • Related to the previous point, allow yourself some buffer time to get to locations because there is considerable traffic at certain times of day approaching places of interest such as Moraine lake. Parking can also be a hassle because of the sheer amount of people who want to visit the location so take into account that it might take some time to get a parking spot.

  • Bring extra batteries & memory cards.

    • The last thing you want is for your battery to die or realise you donโ€™t have anymore space on your card while a magical moment unveils (eg. sunrise/sunset). Batteries die faster in the cold so bring a couple of spares. Since you are probably going to be shooting in RAW file format (recommended if you are doing any post-processing), you will be filling up those memory cards fast so definitely bring extras and keep them in a proper case to keep them protected.

  • If you have polarising & ND filters bring them.

    • This will help bring back some of those blown out highlights in the sky while exposing for the landscape/foreground. (i.e. these filters can help you get a more evenly lit shot)

  • Take all the shots but be intentional and donโ€™t delete anything.

    • I donโ€™t know why but especially when I was first starting out as a photographer I just didnโ€™t take certain shots because in my mind they werenโ€™t going to be perfect or were just inconvenient.

    • But think about it. youโ€™ve travelled all this way and that one shot you didnโ€™t take could have been "the one". Whats there to lose? Just take everything you have in mind and don't give in to self doubt and irrational fears. It's better than going home and hating yourself for not shooting it from up there or from down low or across there.  

  • Take a couple shots where everyone is then move.

    • Shoot where all the other tourists and instagram folks are shooting from but move on after that to find the shot that will make your image unique. 

    • I like to to spend 10% of my time on locations taking the "popular shot" or "postcard shot" and 90% finding "my shot". Find a way to make your images different or stand out by shooting from a different angle or by including different elements.

  • Donโ€™t shoot for the first 5 minutes.

    • As photographers we always want to get right into it. We tend to get excited when we come across amazing scenes and dive right into it.  The problem I find is two fold:

      • 1) we tend to settle on the first composition which we think is โ€œthe oneโ€ and negate ourselves from exploring other (potentially better) angles & compositions. I always tell my students to take 5 steps to the left and right, go high, go low. In essence what Iโ€™m saying is to explore the environment because it is foreign to you, understand it and look for nuances that make it unique and give it time to speak to you.

      • 2) Once we start shooting that scene we donโ€™t stop and before you know it the moment is lost and the only memory of it will be looking through a viewfinder. Take 5 minutes to soak it in, the visuals, scents, air, vibes,  the way it makes you feel. Take time to be in the moment because you travelled all the way there.

  • Lastly, don't forget to take a self portrait 

    • Don't forget to take a self portrait on location to remember the moment and place yourself within the environment. 

    • I'm guilty of this and as such I don't have shots of myself on location the way I see the scene. Too often I live behind the lens and I'm sure many fellow photographer do too, but it's a nice change to make yourself the subject and places yourself in perspective of the body of work you are creating.

My turn to be in-front of my lens!

That concludes my blogpost on a super spontaneous trip to Banff and I hope you liked it!

More photos of this adventure can be found on my instagram account @ricardogtaphy so don't forget to check that out! ๐Ÿ“ธ

I hope this has inspired you to get out, explore and take some awesome shots! And as always, don't forget to leave a like below if you enjoyed this and share this post with family and friends!!

Thank you! 

How to: Spontaneous Photography Adventures by Ricardo Seah

Spontaneous Photography Adventures 101

Here's a silly little guide not to be taken too seriously for you my fellow explorers and adventurers. Enjoy, have fun, get out there and never stop exploring (just don't forget to stay safe). 


What you will need :

  • A bag that will fit everything (preferably a backpack not a hand bag or messenger bag because it's more comfortable for those extended adventures)

  • A camera! (one where you can adjust settings manually like a DSLR) 

  • A tripod (preferably a light weight one or even a Gorillapod)

  • A torchlight or headlamp with a red-light setting (because you might just get lost in the dark)

  • No more than two lenses (because you don't want to break your back carrying too much gear) 

  • Adventure buddies (friends who will go out/call you out for an adventure at a moments notice) 

  • Some snacks and water in the bag (you might be out for some time and far from civilisation)

  • Music & the aux cable (chances are you will be going on a road-trip as part of your adventure and good music = good vibes, and while most cars now have a bluetooth audio system bring an aux cord just incase)

  • A weekend/holiday/day-off (I advise against just leaving the office/class for a spontaneous adventure)

  • An open mind and an adventurous spirit! 

Note: All my recommendations for the gear can be found on my gear page.

What to do?

Now that you have a load-out kit ready to go at a moments notice, all you need is an itch to get out there.. Here's a guideline for those who don't know where to start.

  • Find a friend/group of friends who will be your adventure buddies

    • Close friends, old friend, new friends, people who share that spirit of adventure. Just gotta make sure everyones on the same page for that specific adventure (i.e. not a good idea to bring a friend who's afraid of heights on a climbing related adventure)

    • Also important is to trust these peeps because they're gonna be your first responders should anything go wrong. I recommend having someone amongst your adventure buddies who's a survivalist incase you get lost in the woods or something like that.

    • Here are some group-shots with some of my adventure buddies! 

  • Have a go-to list of locations (optional)

    • It's good to have a list of locations you want to hit up so that you can just wake up and decide ok here's where we're going today! 

    • Instagram can be very helpful with this research bit to help you look for locations you might want to go to. Just click on the geotagged location on the post.

    • I save my list by saving instagram posts of places I'd like to go to into a collection.

  • Spontaneously decide to go on an adventure! Wait for an adventure buddy to message you saying "hey get your bag, we're leaving in an hour.." or "meet at 7am tomorrow for a road trip to somewhere.." OR You can be the one sending that message out!

    • Just get out with your friends. It doesn't have to be totally planned out!

    • Be open and prepared for anything to happen and expect that not everything will play out the way you have it in mind. You might have to take risks and you might not get a good shot at the end of the day but you most certainly have to make the most of it. You might end up doing something dangerous and sometimes not completely legal to get the perfect shot but thats all part of the adventure! 

      • I've gone off beaten routes, climbed fences and stood on the edge of cliffs several times just to get the shot but I've always made sure that it was safe and that I trusted myself and the environment. ie. test the ground you stand on and make sure there's some form of support incase you slip or the earth falls beneath you. (might be funny to you but people have lost their lives because they went overboard just take the shot and didn't take safety into consideration)

    • Many of my astrophotography adventures are actually spontaneous photography-adventures where my friend Guang Yow (@guangyow) just goes: "Clear skies tonight, lets go!" and an hour later we are off in pursuit of the milky way galaxy or the northern lights!

    • Example 1: Just last week my friend Anas (@a.geb) and I spontaneously decided to catch the sunset at Golden Ears just hours before we left. We made it to Golden ears just as the sun was setting only to realise that to get to the perfect sot with the waterfalls required a hike to get to (which according to the park person would only take like 15mins) so we proceeded for a fast hike in hopes to get to the falls before the sun had completely set.

      30mins into the hike and without cell phone service we realised we took the wrong/long route that would instead take us to the summit (which explains all the uphill) so we had to find a way to cut back and to the side of the stream which would lead us to the waterfall. Totally unprepared haha but it was definitely an adventure. We found a route which we could cut into but by the time we cut into the downhill side route, it was completely dark. Fortunately I always have my headlamp in my bag so that was super helpful and highly recommended! We got to the falls 50mins later and it was dark and the sunset we had intended to shoot was long gone.. BUT it was an adventure and we made the most out of it and got some cool shots in the end (one of which is the cover photo for this post).

    • Example 2: Over the weekend my friend Brian (@lifeofbrianwong) decides we should go somewhere and we got Anas (@a.geb)  to join us on this spontaneous adventure which was supposed to be a trip to the sea to sky gondola to get view from the top. But ended up including a trip to Brandywine Falls and a tiring hike/climb to the base of the waterfalls which although was not part of the initial plan was extremely rewarding. 

      Of course after Brandywine falls we did make it to the sea to sky gondola and went to the top to catch the amazing sunset as the sun's rays pierced through the mountain tops. 

Here are some shots from my recent adventures that I hope will inspire you to get out and go on your very own spontaneous photography adventures! 
  • Just go out and go shoot! 

    • You miss 100% of the shots you don't take (someone smart said that but #sotrue)

    • Be open and spread good vibes (chances are you will meet fellow adventurers along the way and make some new friends!)

    • Just don't forget: safety first! Don't do anything too risky as to put your life in danger. 

I hope you enjoyed this silly little guide and that you found it useful to some extent. Like and share this post as always to spread the love :) Comment below on some adventure locations you have in mind!

Till next time, keep snapping, go adventuring and never stop exploring! Safe, spontaneous photography adventures everyone!!

How to: Astrophotography by Ricardo Seah

Astrophotography 101

I often get asked how to take photos of the amazing night sky filled with countless stars. The stars have to be one of my most favourite subjects to photograph and to share my passion for astrophotography I have put together this guide for you. It's a little long but you'll come to realise that astrophotography is simpler than you think, just follow along and you'll be shooting like a pro in no time! Here's everything you need to know about shooting the stars!


What you will need:

  • A camera! (one where you can adjust settings manually like a DSLR) 

  • A tripod (a solid one and not that cheap plastic one the store threw in as a deal)

  • A torchlight or headlamp with a red-light setting (you are going to want red light in the dark as this helps to protect your night adapted vision.. trust me, I studied this in psychology 101)

  • Preferably a wide angle lens with a wide aperture / low f/stop number (the lower the f/stop number the better. So like an aperture of f/2.8 is good, f/1.8 is better and f/1.4 is awesome) 

  • A remote shutter release/shutter release cable (this isn't absolutely necessary but will make your life easier)

Note: All my recommendations for the gear listed above can be found on my gear page.

Optional stuff to bring:

  • A human. Believe it or not these can provide good company especially in places where its really dark and wildlife might be around. (I suggest bringing a friend, preferably one who isn't afraid of the dark.)

  • Food/snacks & enough water/tea/coffee to last you the night out

  • A portable stool/foldable chair unless you want to be like me and just lie on the ground

  • Some form of communication device incase you get lost or find yourself in trouble (you will likely be in a dark location far from civilisation and thus bringing a phone with enough juice is a good idea)

  • A good playlist of songs to keep you going through the night such as my Astrophotography playlist on Spotify

  • Gaffer tape (pretty random but I always have some in my camera bag.. this is to help you hold focus on your lens once you've found the sweet spot in manual focus)

Let's get to it!

Now that you're all gear up and ready to go you will have to... do some research :/ 
Do your research!!! 

1. Figure out which night is best suited for your astrophotography adventure. You'll want:

  • A night with little to no clouds at all (clouds usually catch on to any available light in the environment and that shows up in shots)

  • Little to no visible moon (i.e. shoot when its a new moon or before the moon rises) you can check a calendar that shows moon phases 

2. Figure out which location is best suited for astrophotography

  • A location with little to no light pollution (i.e. get away from the city! You want complete darkness) a good resource to find the right spot is the dark sky finder

3. Plan your route in advance

  • The best spots are often far away and might not be easily accessible and might not have good signal for your google maps to operate 

Settings

Now that you've got the right gear, found the right night and the best spot.. lets get to the technical side of things! Here are the settings you'll need to take note of:

Settings before you head out and shoot

  1. Make sure you set your focus to infinity, this is best done during the day and you can do this by autofocusing on something in the distance taping the focus ring with some gaffer tape and then switching to manual focus.

  2. Turn off any "long exposure noise reduction" settings your camera might have (take a look at your camera manual if you're not sure about this) 

  3. Turn your LCD brightness to the lowest possible setting take a look at your camera manual if you're not sure about this) 

  4. Shoot in RAW file format instead of JPEG. This is not necessary but is recommended especially if you want to edit your images. (Even though I don't personally like to edit much or use Photoshop, I still do some minor adjustments in Lightroom, so I recommend shooting in RAW)

Settings when you are out on location/for the shoot

  • Use your widest aperture/lowest f/stop number (this will allow for more light to hit the sensor)

  • Use the 500 rule to calculate your shutter speed (Take 500 divided by your focal length that you are shooting at to get the right shutter speed. This will help to prevent any star trailing in your shot) 

    • Ok example time: If I'm shooting with a 24-70mm lens and I set my focus length to 24mm for the shot, what should my shutter speed be?

    • Answer: 500 รท 24 = 20.833333 We take this result and round it down to the closest shutter speed which then gives us a shutter speed of 20 seconds

  • ISO is dependent on camera model, some will require higher ISO settings than others to get a well exposed shot. I suggest starting with ISO 1600 and working your way up till you get a well exposed image.

What to do?

Now that you have the gear, the right time, the right location, the right settings, it's finally time to shoot! (Own time, own target.. Carry on! #singaporeaninsidejoke)

Using the red light setting on your headlamp, locate the perfect spot where you can see a good portion of the sky while being able to include some elements that inform the viewer of the environment/scene (such as a mountain or some trees) this helps to put the shot into perspective and will look much better than a plain shot of the sky alone.

Set up your camera and remote shutter release on your tripod making sure that all legs of the tripod are secure (so your tripod doesn't slip or fall). 

Using the settings mentioned above take a shot. If you don't have a remote shutter release then set your camera on a 2 second timer to take shots so as to avoid vibrations caused by pressing down on the shutter button. If the image turns out too dark then adjust to a higher ISO setting till you get the perfect shot.

If you follow all these steps listed above you should get something similar to this:

Note: As you can see there is some warm light coming in from the left side of the photograph and that is light pollution coming from a town far far away in the distance (this just demonstrates that the further away you are from any city/town/street lights the better). 

I hope you found this guide helpful. Please give this post a like if you found it useful and share it with friends and family. And don't forget to follow me on Instagram for my latest shots!

Look at you... You're now shooting like a pro! Get out there and keep shooting those shooting stars! 

How to: Firework Photography by Ricardo Seah

Firework Photography 101

A guide to everything you need to know about firework photography

Singapore's National Day Fireworks Display

Singapore's National Day Fireworks Display

What you will need:

  • A Camera & memory cards/film (preferably one which allows for manual settings. ie. a DSLR, SLR, mirrorless, Medium-Format, Large Format... you get the idea)

  • A solid tripod (preferably not one of those cheap ones they give you for free when you get a camera bundle deal). I personally use a Manfrotto tripod.

  • Water and snacks (super important because you'll be there for some time).

Optional:

  • A portable stool/foldable chair (or you can just sit on the ground like me)

  • A shutter release/wireless shutter trigger (very useful and might be frustrating to shoot without though not impossible)

  • A human or a device (you're going to get bored waiting for hours alone so bringing a friend is a good idea)

What to do:

  1. Do your research! You need to know where the fireworks are going to be firing from and what time they go off. And then decide on which vantage point would work best for the shot. (Note: It's always nice to place the fireworks into perspective by including environmental elements such as buildings in the shot to inform the viewer).

  2. Get there ahead of the crowd (like really early). I personally get to the location and find the perfect spot many hours in advance (like 5 hours ahead of time #commitment).

  3. Set up your gear! Camera on tripod and start taking some shots to make sure you got the right angle and trying your best to estimate that the fireworks will be in the frame of the shot. Once you find the sweet spot autofocus on something in the distance like a building and then switch you camera to manual focus so that you get focus locked in and your camera won't be hunting for focus when the fireworks go off. 

  4. Be patient. If you are close enough you will be able to hear the fireworks being shot out of the tubes before you see the the explosion. once the fireworks are shot out of the tubes you have to immediately trigger your shutter release. It's best to shoot as the fireworks are being shot into the air, that way you will get the trail of light followed by the explosion. If you don't have a shutter release cable then you're going to want to put a 2 second timer and do the same. 

Settings:

  • Aperture: f/11 (For good depth of field because you listened and included some scenery in the composition)

  • Shutter speed: 6 seconds (I find that to be the best, any longer and you get too much in the shot and you get the trails of light after the explosion as it fades out)

  • ISO: 200 (if you find it to dark then increase the ISO as you shoot)

Something important to keep in mind

Fireworks produce a lot of smoke! Well duh.. The point is that your best shots are going to be the first few shots because smoke will begin to build up and will kinda ruin the later shots. Here's an example of what I mean:

Shot number 1 (No Smoke)

Shot number 1 (No Smoke)

Shot number 7 (quite some smoke has built up and the shot just ain't as good)

Shot number 7 (quite some smoke has built up and the shot just ain't as good)

You are now officially ready to shoot some fireworks! So get out there and shoot some awesome photos!

Upcoming Fireworks photo-opportunities (Click for details - useful for the research bit):

Vancouver - Honda Celebration of Light

Singapore - National Day Fireworks Display

Please give this post a like if you found it useful and I'll consider doing more of these "how to" blog posts. And don't forget to follow me on Instagram for my latest shots!

Till next time, keep shooting and have fun!

Travel Blogpost: Eurotrip 2017 (Valencia) by Ricardo Seah

The Second stop of my recent Eurotrip: Valencia!

This is the second instalment of my Eurotrip travel blog series. Do have a look at my Barcelona blogpost if you haven't already done so. Without further ado lets  jump right into it!

From Barcelona to Valencia!

I woke up pretty early to catch the train from Barcelona Sants to Valencia and this was my first time travelling a long distance on like a proper train (not like a metro) so I was pretty excited. The south bound train ride to Valencia from Barcelona took a little over 3 hours and I have to say it was a pretty comfy ride. Needless to say, the views were amazing as the railway ran along the coast (with the Balearic Sea to the left) for the most part. 

Unfortunately I don't have any footage of the scenery as the glass on the train windows were rather reflective and not too clear (it was great to just enjoy it in the moment though). I also managed to get some photography work done on the train so that was great! 

Covering Valencia in a Day

Because we only had day to cover Valencia we got right to it! Went to the visitor centre at the train station to get recommendations and a bunch of pamphlets and we were on our way. 

After dropping off our luggage at the hotel (which was really close to the City of Arts and Sciences #supercool) we headed in search of the "Hop-on/Hop-off Tour Bus" as we decided that would be the best way to cover the most ground given our limited time. 

From the tour bus we got to see pretty much the main spots in Valencia including the city centre where we did get off to have a look around and walk to the beautiful Cathedral. Ooh we also got to the city centre as they were having some festival/event called "Mascletร " where they were blasting fireworks into the air in the afternoon. It was interesting and definitely loud with a great atmosphere as the plaza was packed with people.

We also got off at the City of Arts and Sciences which was just breathtaking. It consists of an opera house, a science museum, an aquarium and a 3D cinema. We had tickets to all the attractions in the 'City' but we only had time to cover the Oceanogrร fic (aquarium) section. So if you are thinking of covering the entire City of Arts and Sciences, I'd recommend setting aside a whole afternoon for it.

The City of Arts and Sciences was architecturally amazing and I definitely wish I had more time to spend there but my folks were a little tired from all the walking and wanted to just chill by the beach.

After chilling by the beach and a nice Paella dinner we headed back to the hotel and called it a day, well at least thats what my folks did... I couldn't sleep without getting some shots of the City of Arts and Sciences at night so thats exactly what I did!

Photography Tips! 

  • If you only have a day to explore a foreign land, do your research ahead of time and plan your trip based on the locations you want to see/shoot. 

- Thats right, do your homework! Go on instagram, travel blogs, social media sites, trip advisor.. etc. to figure out what you want to see ahead of time.

- If you're travelling with family, it's a good idea to make sure everyone is game and cool with your plan.

- As I was travelling with my folks who weren't too game on hitting up all the spots by foot, we compromised and took the tour-bus which hit up most of the attractions & sites. I still managed to get some great shots from the open-top tour-bus so thats cool.

- Location location location! If it is within your means, try to book your hotel near a site of interest that you'd like to shoot. 

  • Bring your tripod with you only if its a carbon-fibre travel tripod or when you know you will absolutely need it like when it gets dark and you want to capture landscapes. 

- Basically don't let a heavy tripod get in the way of your experience of a place.

  • Go out and explore at night while your family is asleep!

- If and when travelling with family, live in the moment and don't expect them to wait for you all the time as you get that awesome shot.

- Important Note: Don't forget to stay safe when you do this! Learn some martial art and know what to do incase things go south

Hope you enjoyed this short Valencia Travel Blogpost! Stay tuned for the next leg of my Eurotrip covering Madrid!

Till next time, keep shooting!